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davidwyby
davidwyby
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1/11/2020
davidwyby
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Taking a shot a trip report. This was a long one. Too long and therefore hurried for my taste. 7am-8pm. Started with frost on the ground and ice on the puddles.

Will likely go back in snatches or learn to backpack camp and explore more thoroughly.

Ah...well, I don’t see where I can add pics from my phone, and a report is nothing without pics, so I’ll be back with them later.
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davidwyby
davidwyby
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8/17/2020
davidwyby
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Start at VOM


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Puddletop Rock at the base of the scramble down. Lone Pine is also here. Somewhere after here there was a grove of palms and lots of sherds.


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Looks like evidence of vehicle exhaust, but as I remember, was not accessible by vehicle.

VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Lots of morteros. I believe this was at the intersection of the furthest southern reaching BP Jeep road out of Meyer's valley and the canyon we hiked down.


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Next was Tarantula Falls. Had to scramble to get around/down it.

VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

The namesake...note the coincidence of the spider on the spiderco. Looked like he had drowned.

VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Side canyon had water coming down it. Needs exploring.


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

A grove getting closer to Davies.

VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Lo siento


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Finally in Davies. At this point we were hoping to set off sensors and get picked up by BP.


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr


...but we still had to hike across the valley, scramble up (and down the in the dark) the dark ridge that bisects the valley N to S, then across the remainder of the valley to the gate to an awaiting campfire with chili, etc.


VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

VOM to Davies by david wyby, on Flickr

Yours Truly


Billy Goat by david wyby, on Flickr
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ziphius
ziphius
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8/18/2020
ziphius
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Good-looking trip! What was the diameter, roughly, of those burrows? I see some kangaroo rat tail drag marks outside the burrows. The 'exhaust' clearing is interesting. Sometimes quail will create similar dustbath circles in dirt, but this looks more like gravel. Have also seen smaller clearings created by desert sidewinders in gravelly substrate.

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rockhopper
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8/19/2020
rockhopper
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Nice Cross country expedition and photos. Can't wait till lower temps in "our back yard". Meanwhile coastal hikes will have to do. It's hot here too. I'm sweating buckets! Stay safe.
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tommy750
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8/20/2020
tommy750
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Have hiked out to Peak 4004 a few times along with Davies and Pinto but never that route. Looks like fun. Great TR. Thanks
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Britain
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8/21/2020
Britain
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That was a good hike David. Thanks for the share.

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tommy750
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8/26/2020
tommy750
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Heard BLM already towed them. Three? I only remember two, the blue Chevy Blazer and the grey/maroon ?Nissan.
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davidwyby
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9/19/2020
davidwyby
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There are some interesting blm areas in the mntns. I live down here...I recommend maintaining some elevation for another month.
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